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France's Free Speech Farce
by Deborah Weiss
France's unity rally, held on January 11, 2015, following the massacre at Hebdo magazine headquarters, was based on the premise of support for freedom of speech. In reality, the whole thing was nothing but a farce.
Charlie Hebdo was a French satirical magazine, known for mocking religious figures of all stripes. However, some Muslims are hypersensitive to humor about their Prophet Mohammad, and over the years, the magazine was plagued with death threats. In fact, in 2011, some Muslims firebombed and destroyed Hebdo's old offices, after it announced that it would name Mohammad as its Editor-in-Chief.
Now, on January 7, 2015, two brothers gunned down twelve people in and around the magazine's headquarters, screaming "Allahu Akbar!" (Allah is greater!) in defense of their beloved religion. Recently, Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula claimed credit for the attack, pronouncing that it had planned and financed the murders.
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